Yahoo, Online News Sites and Blogs

One of the main reasons people started turning away from network/broadcast television to niche cable networks is because of the homogenous, brain dead presentation and uniformity of content. I see exactly the same thing happen today. Look at Yahoo News site today – it has gone gold after being in beta for two weeks. It resembles like any other online news site, the content is generic news wire copy, though there are includes from other news sources like Forbes and Marketwatch. I compared the front pages of Yahoo Tech Channel, and (No knock on, please… just a comparison!) Back out’s columnists, and you have a pretty similar content – much of it from online news sites relying on Reuters, AP and other generic information sources. I think this is perhaps one of the reasons why blogs are taking off – more focused and colorful content.